Weekend Retreat in Vancouver February 18 & 19, 2017

The Awakened Body

Exploring the Practice of Meditating with the Body   

As somatic intimacy deepens, increasingly subtle levels of embodiment become accessible to us. Eventually, we explore the body as space – the most fundamental expression of human being. As we develop our capacity to touch and reside in this, a tremendous sense of openness enters our lives. We find ourselves able to be whomever we need to be from moment to moment. We find what this somatic lineage calls freedom.

This all-level, all-tradition workshop will continue our exploration of the ‘Meditating with the Body’ curriculum, a collection of teachings designed to connect us with the inherent wisdom and direction of the body. Mixing guided meditation and group discussion, we will come into contact with the journey that waits within each of us. We will find ourselves engaging our lives more fully and more appropriately than ever before.

Participants are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing, and to bring a blanket and mat to lay on. Should participants have a meditation cushion or bench, these are recommended – otherwise, chairs will be available.

About the Instructor 

Neil McKinlay is a Senior Teacher within the Dharma Ocean lineage. A longtime student of Reggie Ray, Neil draws from his training in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa to emphasize the accessibility and relevance of meditation in the modern world. Seeing the spiritual journey as an inherent part of the human journey, his teaching style is immediate and personal, always affirming the dignity and wholeness of our lives as they are.

Retreat Details

The retreat will take place at the Bridge and Enrich Lives Society’s beautiful space at 718 East 20th Avenue  (Fraser & East 20th), Vancouver, BC V5V 1N3.

We’ll meet from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm each day on Saturday and Sunday.Participants may either bring a brown bag lunch, or take time to enjoy a walk in the neighbourhood or to one of the nearby cafes.


The cost for the weekend retreat is $100 Cdn.   You may register online here , or by sending a cheque for $100 to 1376 Courtland Ave, Victoria BC V9E 2C5.

If you would prefer to make your payment on arrival at the retreat, please contact us to make arrangements.

For any questions, special needs, or assistance with payment options — please contact us at:  info@dharmaoceancanada.org


Somatic Meditation: The Journey Home

June 8 – June 15, 2017 – Salt Spring Island, BC 


About the Program

Meditation is a coming home. Through the simple practice of being in one’s body, developing a sense of familiarity with and fidelity to immediate experience, we reconnect with the life we are living and the person we are. Under the guidance of Senior Teacher Neil McKinlay, this week-long retreat will explore the foundational methods of somatic meditation offered by the Dharma Ocean lineage. We will find our way through the confusion and distraction that so characterize our everyday lives. We will come into contact with the openness and knowing that are our true nature. We will come home.


To register for this program, please follow ‘Register Now‘ the link on the Dharma Ocean website when it becomes available here. Registration will open in the next few weeks, and close May 27, 2017.  The total price of the retreat ranges from $1,011 to $1,350 USD. Price range is dependent on your choice of housing. This price includes food, tuition, lodging, and tax.